A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The kids in the book navigate a world that is more adult.
Violence & Scariness
A boy almost drowns and two men are attacked by gray seals. A girl smacks another girl at school after she makes fun of her. Some scary situations in which children are frightened or worried.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Discussion of a man falling in love with a woman and running away with her, leaving behind a pregnant lover.
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A boy swears but all we see is: *&@#!%*
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there are some scary situations (none graphic) and kids deal with the loss of a parent. One swear word uttered by a boy is written like this: *&@#!%*
Is It Any Good?
The first in a series, this is the kind of book that gets kids excited about reading. Helen Dunmore weaves an exciting, masterful tale of mermaids, mystery, and mythology. She keeps readers on the edge of their seats as they journey with Sapphy and Conor through the world of Ingo. What is this new place and how is it connected to Sapphy and Conor's father, and to them? How can they find him without getting lost themselves? Dunmore keeps readers guessing while treating them to beautiful scenery and fantastic adventures.
Character development is key to a good story and Dunmore allows her characters to mature as they become involved in more adult circumstances. Sapphy grows from being carried like a child in the first chapter to a person able to harness the power of Ingo. Her relationship with her brother changes and strengthens. They both recognize strengths and weaknesses in each other and readers will be drawn to their vulnerability and curiosity. Sapphy narrates the story with quick wit and a realism readers will enjoy.
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